Modi set to clean the augean stable
Modi Set to Clean the Augean Stable, The Central government has clearly embarked on a clean-up of the UPA Government appointees in all top posts. That the Centre nudging the UPA-appointed Governors to quit is only the beginning of the massive purge by the Modi government was evident on Thursday.
New Delhi: The Central government has clearly embarked on a clean-up of the UPA Government appointees in all top posts. That the Centre nudging the UPA-appointed Governors to quit is only the beginning of the massive purge by the Modi government was evident on Thursday.
Centre has asked key agency chiefs like National Commission for Women Chairperson Mamta Sharma, SC Commission Chairman P L Punia and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chairman Karan Singh and all National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) members to resign, even as NDMA vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy submitted his resignation. The NDMA Members sent in their resignations after calls were made by Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami to step down from their positions, in the wake of change of government. The eight NDMA Members are former CISF Director-General K M Singh, former Civil Aviation Secretary K N Shrivastava, Maj-Gen. (Retd) J K Bansal, former Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Director B Bhattacharjee, former CBI Special Director K Salim Ali, former CRPF Director-General J K Sinha, medical expert Muzaffar Ahmed and former Department of Ocean Development Secretary Harsh K Gupta.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the NDMA Chairman and the NDMA vice-chairman holds the Cabinet rank. NDMA members enjoy Minister of State rank. The only other panel is the Planning Commission, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, whose Deputy Chairman has the Cabinet rank.
Focus is now on all the UPA appointees to various organisations and agencies of the government. Soon after assuming office, Modi has expressed to have all appointments bear his stamp. NDMA vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy was appointed for a five-year period in 2010 and his tenure was to end in 2015. Recently, he had toured Uttarakhand, which was ravaged by flash floods last year.
The NDMA members, who were asked to resign were told to continue till alternative arrangements were made, Shashidhar Reddy said. Reddy said: “I have sent my resignation on Tuesday to pave the way for the Prime Minister to reconstitute the NDMA. Probably, the Prime Minister has a view on it. I am hopeful that the reconstitution process will be completed soon.”
After the formation of the new government, he said, the first thought to cross his mind was not to leave a vacuum at the level of NDMA vice-chairman. Now that the Modi Government would reconstitute the NDMA, it would be a smooth transition, he said.